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Egdon Heath

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Egdon Heath was formed in Leeuwarden (The Netherlands) in 1981. The time of the punk, the time that symphonic rock, according to the so-called ‘experts’, was dead. Jaap Mulder (piano, synthesizers, vocals), Wolf Rappard (synthesizers, vocals) and Valere Wittevrongel (drums) had no other choice but to follow their hearts and therefore with good spirits they rowed against the flow. In the bedroom of the drummer they worked on their reportoire every week. For a long time it was experimental and atmospheric. But the trio wanted to move on.

So when Aldo Aldema (guitar and bass guitar) joined, the quartet could move around some more. They started careful performances. But with the arrival of Marcel Copini (bass guitar), the band had finally found it’s true line up. From then on the music evolved to what soon would become the Egdon Heath sound: wide, lyrically and melodious. Very soon Egdon Heath became a part of the then active prog scnene: Live on Radio Frysland, demo’s and raving reviews in magazine’s such as Sym-Info and among the fans.

The first LP was recorded at the Spitsbergen Studio in Zuidbroek (Groningen, The Netherlands), at the then time a renowned address with a beautiful grand piano. The band financed the release of the LP In the City (1987) themselves and the reception both here and abroad was more than positive.

In those days the vocals were handled by the two keyboard players, but especially live this was viewed as a handicap. So for the second album, they searched for a real frontman. Jens van der Stempel came from a totally different genre, but was willing to lend his voice to the CD The Killing Silence.

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